Longtime US Ski Team supporter Thom Weisel will be one of eight athletes and sports builders inducted into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. Weisel will be inducted in April of 2018 at an event hosted at Squaw Valley, where the 1960 Olympic Winter Games were held.
Weisel has worked with the US Ski Team for over four decades. Since the 1970s, he has provided leadership and financial support that has impacted over 200 Olympic and World Championship medals.
According to US Ski and Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw, “Thom Weisel’s financial support of the team has been pivotal. But even more than that has been his constant presence and leadership. During dire times in the 80s, he kept the team afloat. And he remains as engaged today as he was during my tenure on the team.”
Inductees were chosen by a national voting panel and will be honored during a week of celebration from April 12-15 at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.read more
Thom Weisel of San Francisco, CA is one of eight star-studded skiing athletes and sports supporters to be inducted into this year’s US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. The induction will take place in April 2018 in Olympic Valley, CA, where the 1960 Olympic Games took place.
Thom Weisel’s passionate support in both fundraising and leadership for over four decades helped the US Ski Team bring home more than 200 Olympic and World Championship medals. Weisel is also a longtime supporter of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, of which his son Kipling Weisel is an alumnus. Kipling is also a current member of the US Alpine Ski Team.
A native of Milwaukee, WI, Weisel has been passionate about skiing since his days as a rising business star in San Francisco. In addition to his longtime support of the US Ski Team, Weisel is also a pioneer financier in Silicon Valley.
In 1977, Weisel became a key supporter of the new US Ski Educational Foundation. Since then, he has provided both financial and leadership support for hundreds of Olympic skiers and snowboarders.
From 1983-84, Weisel was the Ski Team Foundation’s chairman. He helped raise tens of millions of dollars to support both the team and US Ski and Snowboard Association programs.
In 1988, Weisel was instrumental in the consolidation of the US Ski Team’s Foundation and the US Ski Association to create a centralized organization to manage ski sport in the US. He has been involved with the USSA for 35 years and was recognized with the USSA’s highest honor, the Julius Blegen Award, in 1999.
In 2011, the US Olympic Committee honored Weisel with the George Steinbrenner Award.
As one of the most influential leaders in the USSA, Weisel has also had a huge impact via the accumulation of a network of supporters from the highest levels of US business. Weisel’s work resulted in the recruitment of over 100 trustees.
Weisel himself is also an athlete. He was a five-time national skating champion in the 1950s. He was a bronze medalist in alpine skiing at the US Masters. In the realm of his other passion, cycling, Weisel was a three-time world champion in Master’s cycling and a five-time national Master’s cycling champion.
“Thom Weisel’s unwavering passion for athletics has directly benefitted our athletes for nearly four decades,” said former US Ski and Snowboard Association CEO and President Bill Marolt. “His vision, as well as an amazing ability to draw focus and persevere to achieve a goal, has been a key component in our athletes’ ability to become best in the world in their sport.”
According to Olympic alpine skiing champion Phil Mahre, “Thom Weisel has a passion for the sport of skiing and has always been a huge supporter of the US Ski Team. During my career, every World Cup race that Thom attended, I was victorious.”read more
A star-studded group of eight noted skiing athletes and sport builders has been announced as inductees to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. They will be formally inducted next April in Olympic Valley, CA, the site of the 1960 Olympic Winter...read more
The U.S. Ski Team announced its alpine nominations for the 2017-18 season on May 25th, 2017. Kipling Weisel was named to the Men's B Team following his strong performance in the previous season, when he ranked 4th overall in NorAm standings and snagged the overall...read more
InsideSales.com, a leading cloud-based sales acceleration technology company, recently announced three featured speakers who attended its InsideSales Accelerate 2017 event: Thomas Weisel, Jon Pedersen, and Mark Santino.read more
50 athletes have been nominated to the U.S. Alpine Ski Team for the 2016-17 season, among them Kipling Weisel.read more
The British Journal of Photography’s feature on the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art focuses primarily on its new photography inclusions. This gallery ties closely to other galleries in the museum which feature art specifically from California. These exhibits will include art pieces on loan to the museum from Thomas Weisel’s collection. The museum celebrates California-based artists and California-based donors and collectors with these new exhibits.read more
The Mercury News offers one visitor’s impressions of the newly-opened SFMOMA. The new museum will include exhibits called “Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900,” as well as several California-focused exhibits. Pieces loaned from Thomas Weisel’s collection will be housed in several of the California exhibits, contributing to SFMOMA’s appreciation for local and locally historical art.read more
The New York Times’ review of the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art praises its potential positive influence on the museums of the future. SFMOMA, which just opened its doors this week after several years of construction offers ten stories of new galleries and exhibits. Roberta Smith, the reviewer, shares statistics about the new museum space and also writes that “the main promised gift here, a large 1953 triptych by the abstract painter Lee Mullican, is a knockout.” That piece comes from the collection of Thom Weisel and family.read more
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will reopen on May 14, 2016 after being closed for three years while a new space was created to house 4,000 new works in 460,000 square feet. Mr. Weisel was involved in the planning for SFMOMA’s expansion project, as well as the museum’s highly anticipated reopening, through his involvement in the Executive Committee, Campaign Finance Committee, Tech Committee, and as the Chair of the Committee of Trustees.read more